Al-Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri killed in a US drone strike in Kabul
Afghanistan– Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri was killed in a United States drone strike in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, on Sunday, in an operation US President Joe Biden hailed as delivering “justice”.
Biden announced the news on Monday. Biden approved the operation last week, and it was carried out Sunday. The counter-terrorism operation was carried out by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), a civilian foreign intelligence service of the federal government of the US. Biden paid tribute to the US intelligence community. This operation took place just 11 months after American troops left Afghanistan after a two-decade war.
The US president reportedly said that the killing of Al-Zawahiri brings “one more measure of closure” to families of the victims of September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Biden said that Al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden plotted the 9/11 attacks together.
How did the US kill Al-Zawahiri?
Biden said in an evening address from the White House that US intelligence officials tracked Al-Zawahiri to a home in Kabul. Reportedly, he was staying there with his family. He was standing on the balcony of his house when the drone fired two missiles at him. Consequently, he was killed. His family members were not harmed during the US operation. After his killing, Biden reportedly said, “Now justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more.”
Al-Zawahiri took over al-Qaeda after the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011. Osama was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, in an operation carried out by US Navy Seals after a nearly decade-long hunt. Later on, Al-Zawahiri masterminded other terrorist activities in different countries. He masterminded the suicide bombing of the USS Cole naval destroyer in Aden, a city in Yemen, in October 2000, which killed 17 US sailors. This operation is an important counterterrorism win for the US administration.